Deadly Shootings Persist In DC


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Steve Birr Vice Reporter

Two shootings and a stabbing left four people injured and one dead in Washington, D.C., Thursday in a rash of overnight violence.

Officers with the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) are investigating the incidents but do not have anyone in custody or detailed suspect descriptions. Police responded to the first shooting at roughly 9:42 p.m. on Douglas Street, Northeast, near Langdon. Authorities found an unidentified man and woman suffering gunshot wounds, but they are expected to survive, reports WUSA9.

Officers responded to the second shooting at roughly 1:30 a.m. on Stanton Road in Southeast, D.C. Emergency responders transported two men to a local hospital suffering from gunshot wounds. One of the unidentified men died from his wounds at the hospital, while the other is being treated for life-threatening injuries.

Police responded to a stabbing on Pennsylvania Avenue, Northwest near Foggy Bottom at roughly 1:40 a.m. Two unidentified assailants attacked a man, stabbing him in the left arm. The victim was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The MPD said they are looking for a male and female but did not have further descriptions of the suspects.

The homicide rate in the District spiked 54 percent in 2015, and is 16 percent lower so far this year. D.C. is suffering a violent year overall, with 117 homicides across the city. The homicide rate is down from the shocking numbers in 2015, but is still historically high. There were a total of 105 homicides in 2014 and 88 in 2012.

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